Thanks again, folks!
Originally Posted by Suho
This ended up being surprisingly economical, timewise. The initial inspiration came from a Bumblefoot thread on here and according to the date stamps, looks like I bought the lumber in early August.
The woodworking part was kind of a culmination of stuff I've been working at for a while. I've had a Parker CAD I've been working at for a while when things were slow at work or at night before I got to sleep, the neck profile I had from a while back for a different build I was working on, the pickup routes came from an Ibanez I sketched up some time ago, etc.
So yeah, that helped a lot. The woodwork itself was fairly modest.
The real ball buster was the fretboard. I'd consider doing one of these again but I'd have to rethink the fretboard part. THAT was just raw elbow grease, sitting at the bench for hours doing the same thing over and over.
Originally Posted by jim777
I can relate to that sentiment. I saw that Bumblefoot vid and started replaying the Pitts Minnemann album and was like "fuck, i NEED a fretless just to try out" but the options are so good thin, I said "welp, the only way I'm going to get my hands on one is to make one, so hop to it", which had a LOT to do with the pace this ended up getting done. 2.5ish months and my ergo thing took at least two YEARS
Originally Posted by vansinn
I'm so early in the fretless thing to say with certainty that I'd need to have both necks at the ready, and this ended up being a budget conscious build, and double necks sounded like double the price for the expensive parts (hardware, electronics, etc) and also double the work. Still may be in the cards though.
I know fuckall about aluminum
I went to the supply place, looked at the menu, 6061 was at the top of the list based on commonality, found a piece of 1/4" flat and flex tested it since I knew it was still going to be nearly a full 1/4" thick down the center after I was done, that'd give me an approximation of rigidity.
I'm happy with it from a stability perspective, it seems to be prone to light scuffing but I don't know how common/uncommon that is. I'd maybe consider stainless if I made a second one. I was also thinking about a sheet of stainless or aluminum curved and glued overtop of a wood board as an option.